T’is the Season for Indoor Photography

Trying to achieve great photos indoors, on the fly, can be quite challenging even for a seasoned photographer. Whether it’s the lighting obstacles or composition, trying to take a candid indoor photo that is instagram worthy is a tough order. Typically, heading outdoors to take your family photos would be the best route, however taking them outside in their pyjamas on Christmas morning might bring on another kind of trouble for you 😉

Tips for Better Indoor Photos

Consider your light sources and choose only one. If you’re a novice photographer, your best bet is to try and use ambient light. Turn off all the lights, open your blinds and use the sun to light your photo.

If you have an accessory flash you’ll want to bounce the flash off the wall behind you so that when it touches your subject, it is not only diffused but big enough to surround your subject. This technique gets a bit dicey if your wall isn’t a neutral color, as the color of the light surrounding your subject will take on the color of the wall behind you. If that’s the case, try and bounce your flash off the ceiling.


Take the time to compose your photo. Is there background clutter? For myself, this is the biggest challenge when taking indoor photos, I have two kids and the house is always just not quite tidy. So, take 5 and tidy up (or just shove everything to the other side of the room- haha) and you’ll be more happy to share your photo.

calgary-photography-classes-art-and-design-of-photographyIn this photo, we didn’t want to deal with the clutter, so someone is holding up the rug she is on to form a “backdrop” of sorts. Great trick!

Understand the manual functions on your camera. It is frustrating to try and take great photos with your camera in auto mode. If your camera is perpetually in auto, start experimenting with white balance and shutter speed with your indoor photos- this will help you up your game. Oh, and if you didn’t already know, we have a class for that!

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